Posted on 02/23/15 at 3:31pm

More Michigan children are living in poverty according to the annualKids Count report by the Michigan League for Public Policy and  funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The number of children in poverty increased by 35 percent with one in four children living in poverty and one in three qualifying for food assistance because their families’ incomes are $23,600 or less a year.

Posted on 02/23/15 at 3:32pm

The U.S. House is expected to pass a rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) this Friday. Unfortunately, this rewrite does nothing to help students learn or teachers teach. The focus has shifted to more testing, labeling of schools and then punishing them for their “failure,” while doing nothing to close achievement gaps.

Posted on 02/25/15 at 9:21am

If you believe our schools and safer roads are important to the quality of life in Michigan, circle May 5 on your calendar. On that day, voters will be asked to vote on a proposal that would raise over $1 billion to repair Michigan’s dangerous roads and bridges, while raising $300 million in new revenue for Michigan public schools, funded by a 1-cent increase in the state sales tax.

Posted on 02/18/15 at 3:01pm

MEA members Marcia Hudson and Linda Maniago of Avondale were awarded a $5,000 Learning and Leadership Grant from NEA for their Teacher Lab project. In this latest round, NEA awarded 16 Learning and Leadership Grants. 

Posted on 02/18/15 at 3:02pm

Michigan State University scholars have created a financial health-indicator system for school districts that could be facing financial stress. The proactive system uses research and information from other states to analyze the fiscal health of school districts and is outlined in a white paper, “Knowledgeable Navigation to Avoid the Iceberg.”

Posted on 02/18/15 at 3:06pm

When you find yourself in a hole, the first step to getting out is to stop digging.

The hole I am referring to is the $1 billion taxpayers spend each year on Michigan’s experiment with charter schools. A recent report by a pro charter school group ranks Michigan’s charter school accountability law last among similar states. 

State Supreme Court rejects payroll deduction of PAC

As if we need another reminder that elections have consequences, the Michigan Supreme Court on Thursday reversed its earlier decision on payroll deduction of PAC contributions by public employees, deciding that doing so breaks state campaign finance law.

 

Public employee health care update

Late Thursday, the state House revised and passed Senate Bill 7, legislation dealing with public employee health care.

The House passed the bill with the minimum 56 votes required. Rep. Tim Melton, D-Auburn Hills, cast the deciding vote. (See how your representative voted.)

Next step is recall of out-of-touch legislators

Find out how your legislators voted on these bills. Snyder signed the bills into law on July 19, 2011.

Votes by lawmakers to take collective bargaining rights from public employees and make sweeping changes to teacher tenure will fuel grassroots efforts by voters in many communities who question whether their elected leaders deserve to remain in office.

'A sad day for Michigan students'

Anti-collective bargaining, anti-tenure bills hurt children 

EAST LANSING, Mich., June 30, 2011 -- Michigan lawmakers who voted today to strip collective bargaining rights from public school employees and dismantle teacher tenure will be held accountable for actions that hurt

No deal yet on public employee health care

Lawmakers did not come to a final agreement on competing plans dealing with public employee health care prior to the Senate adjourning for its summer break. 
   

Senate passes anti-collective bargaining, anti-tenure bills

Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to sign legislation that passed this evening to strip public employees of collective bargaining rights and dismantle teacher tenure.

With hundreds of teachers and education support professionals looking on from the gallery above the legislative chamber, the GOP-led Senate passed the four-bill package. House Bills 4625-4628 previously passed in the House.

"This is a shameful day in Michigan," said Sen. John Gleason, D-Flushing, who opposed the bills.

Budget cuts kill nearly 15,000 jobs

Nearly 15,000 teachers and education support professionals have been laid off statewide as a result of the $500 million cut to K-12 schools OK’d by the Michigan Legislature this year, according to a new report from the We Are the People coalition. The report includes a link to a new interactive Google map showing the locations of announced job cuts to date.

Read press release from We are the People.

MEA TV Ad: "Robbing"

MEA members fight anti-collective, anti-tenure bills

Michigan Capitol
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We need your help, too!

More than 100 MEA members and staff are at the state Capitol right now, holding legislators accountable for pending votes on several bills that will directly affect all public education employees, including you.

We’re expecting a long session day – if you can get to the Capitol any time today, go! The next MEA briefing on pending legislation is at 1 p.m. in Room 428 of the Capitol.

Today’s schedule includes decisions on bills to curb collective bargaining for all public school employees and to dismantle teacher tenure. Lawmakers also plan to vote on bills dealing with public employee health insurance.

Today could be a historic day for MEA members. Join the fight – go to the Capitol to help protect the collective bargaining rights of public education employees!

Get to Lansing Thursday -- let's pack the Capitol!

We need as many MEA members and supporters as possible at the Capitol in Lansing Thursday to hold legislators accountable for their actions on several bills that will directly affect all public education employees, including you.

You are invited to MEA briefings Thursday for updates on pending legislation. The briefings are at 8:30 a.m. at MEA headquarters in East Lansing and at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in Room 428 of the Capitol.

Lawmakers plan to vote on bills dealing with public employee health insurance (House Bill 4572 and Senate Bill 7 and bills to curb collective bargaining for all public school employees and dismantle teacher tenure (House Bills 4625-4628).

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